May the Rainbow Always Touch Your Sholder
I do not want my house to be waled in on sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible.
-- Mahatma Gandhi, Humanitarian, India
Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures, it is our gift to each other.
-- Elie Wiesel, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
-- Lao Tze, Chinese philosopher
The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence . . . . The world will change because of your smile.
-- Thich Nhat Hahn, Contemporary Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist and writer
The IDEA quilt was created by members of the Amish community near Seneca Falls with fabric contributed by IDEA members from around the world. The pattern was chosen and adapted by Rebecca Hertzler. Photo by Henry Law
The Hosoda family from Japan in front of a photo of the lotus flower taken by Ken Kato, Japan. Photo by Henry Law
Respect is an irreplaceable gift wrapped in an invisible package of friendship.
-- Lian Law, student, IDEA USA
Freeing myself of prejudice, Take a soar into the wind.
-- Nanahuku Ikuta, Poet, Japan
My heart is open to all the winds: It is a pasture for gazelles . . . . Mine is the religion of love. Wherever God’s caravans turn, the religion of love Shall be my religion. And my faith.
-- H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, quoting a text from14th century Spain to symbolize the spirit of Islam. Excerpt from an interview on Larry King Live, CNN, October 13, 2001
To love is not to give, but to share. The first sign of love is justice. The fruit of justice is peace.
-- Raoul Follereau, Humanitarian, France
May the warm winds of Heaven blow softly on your home, And the Great Spirit bless all who enter there, May your moccasins make happy tracks in many snows, And may the rainbow always touch your shoulder.
-- Cherokee Blessing